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1. The Andalucian city of Malaga is the sixth largest city in Spain and is dubbed the Capital of the Costa del Sol. It is a cosmopolitan city steeped in culture and history, with a vast array of architecture as well as modern shops, trendy rooftop bars and fine seafront dining.

2.  Malaga is a port city that boasts an enviable position on one of the most southerly tips of Europe, offering some of the best weather in the Mediterranean. For this reason many people like to take the opportunity to explore the city in the mild winter and warm spring seasons.

 

marbella3. Malaga’s history is complex and intriguing: founded around 800BC by the Phoenicians, the Romans arrived in 206BC and ruled the city for 758 years. Byzantine rule followed from 552AD but by 619AD it was the turn of the Visigoths. Approximately a century later, the Moors took over and settled across the Costa del Sol before being ousted in 1487 when Malaga came under the control of the Christians. This variety of rulers and diversity of cultures explains the fabulously varied buildings, monuments and architectural styles that define the city today.

4. Malaga has just undergone a massive €80m harbour redevelopment. The area known as Muelle Uno (Quay One) is full of modern shops, restaurants and bars. Enjoy a walk down the promenade lined with palm trees, and admire the impressive luxury yachts moored by the seafront. The restaurants and bars offer stunning views of La Alcazaba to remind you of the city's Moorish past.

5. La Alcazaba is Malaga's most important landmark, and overlooks the city from an inland hilltop. This Moorish fortress is perhaps the best-preserved citadel in Spain. It is a breathtaking building, surrounded by beautiful gardens, fountains and palaces, with much of its uniqueness and grandeur owing to the 100 towers on its walls. Today, it is home to the city’s archaeological museum, which provides a truly fascinating family outing.

6. Malaga Cathedral Malaga Cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe. Construction began in 1528 but in 1680 it was partly destroyed by an earthquake. Restoration work went on until 1783 when the money ran out and it was officially declared finished despite a tower being missing. The cathedral today is known as La Manguita (one armed woman) in reference to this missing tower. La Manguita was originally built in the late Gothic style but because it took so long to build, the cathedral boasts a combination of styles with renaissance and baroque building work added over the centuries.

7. Museums and historic buildings. With many other inspiring sites such as the Castle of Gibralfaro, the Picasso Museum (Picasso was born in Malaga in 1881), and the Museum of Glass and Crystal, which contains artefacts from the ancient Egyptian and Roman periods, Malaga is certainly a Spanish city you will want to visit.

TIC: For information, maps and free guided tours go to the Tourist Information Centre (near the Cathedral).